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November 2013

Happy Thanksgiving from BioLogos

Happy Thanksgiving from BioLogos

A video message from President Deborah Haarsma.
November 27, 2013 
By Deborah Haarsma 
 
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Three Steps Forward, Two Steps Back

Three Steps Forward, Two Steps Back

“We were (mostly) prepared for the academic arguments but not necessarily the thing many fear in this discussion: personal conflict.”
November 26, 2013 
By Josh Hayashi 
Christian Unity, Education, Evolution & Christian Faith project 
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Why the Church Needs Multiple Theories of Original Sin

Why the Church Needs Multiple Theories of Original Sin

“It’s tempting to think that the church needs to decide quickly which of these [original sin] scenarios is right, and which ones must be wrong. I believe the church is better served by taking its time, holding several different scenarios in tension for a while as we think through the implications of each.”
November 25, 2013 
By Loren Haarsma 
Adam, the Fall, and Sin, Evolution & Christian Faith project, Human Origins, Problem of Evil 
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Debating Darwin—How the Church Responded to the Evolution Bombshell

Debating Darwin—How the Church Responded to the Evolution Bombshell

“Where many scholars in previous generations simply assumed that Christianity and science have always been in conflict—and not just over evolution—recent scholarship has decisively debunked that view. The main message from today’s historians is complexity, not conflict.”
November 22, 2013 
By Ted Davis 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
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Evolution Basics: The Placental Revolution, Part 1

Evolution Basics: The Placental Revolution, Part 1

“The placental diversification in the Paleogene is highly interesting from an evolutionary standpoint since niches that were vacated by reptiles were in many cases filled by placental species – species that were shaped over time to fill those niches.”
November 21, 2013 
By Dennis Venema 
Genetics, History of Life 
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From the Dust: From Chaos to Order

From the Dust: From Chaos to Order

With From the Dust, it was our goal to help Christians see the complexity of the issues raised by modern science, as well as help them to courageously engage with the theological conversations happening within the sphere of Christian culture today.
November 20, 2013 
By Ryan Pettey 
Divine Action & Purpose 
190
 
Questions on Time and Eternity, Part 2

Questions on Time and Eternity, Part 2

In part one of this series, I discussed several questions about the nature of time. In this post, I’ll examine how the answers to those questions relate to theology. In particular, I’ll discuss how these answers help one understand God’s relation to time.
November 19, 2013 
By R.T. Mullins 
Earth, Universe & Time 
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Questions on Time and Eternity, Part 1

Questions on Time and Eternity, Part 1

To get a better grasp on the differences between the relational and absolute theory of time, focus your attention on our universe. Imagine that one day God paused the movements of the planets and everything else such that nothing within the universe continued to move until God unpaused it. Would time exist during this pause?
November 18, 2013 
By R.T. Mullins 
Earth, Universe & Time 
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Origins News Round-up for November 15, 2013

Origins News Round-up for November 15, 2013

Today’s Origins News Round-up takes us from some cosmic data on the possible existence of life elsewhere in the universe, to some surprising theories about the origin of life, and some interesting general news and editorial items on science and religion.
November 15, 2013 
By Jim Stump 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now, History of Life, Science as Christian Calling 
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Francis Collins Talks about Science, Medicine, Religion, and God’s Action in the World

Francis Collins Talks about Science, Medicine, Religion, and God’s Action in the World

What’s the evidence for the idea that God exists or doesn’t exist? I think anyone who’s looked at that would conclude that the strong atheist position of saying, "I know there is not God" is not an easy one to sustain.
November 14, 2013 
 
Science & Worldviews, Science as Christian Calling 
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Two Books + Two Eyes = Four Necessities for Christian Witness, Part 2

Two Books + Two Eyes = Four Necessities for Christian Witness, Part 2

“Such a paradigm will enable joyful Christ-followers to be wholly engaged in being the presence of hope in our glorious—yet broken—world.”
November 13, 2013 
By Richard Dahlstrom 
Lives of Faith, Pastoral Voices 
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Two Books + Two Eyes = Four Necessities for Christian Witness, Part 1

Two Books + Two Eyes = Four Necessities for Christian Witness, Part 1

It’s eminently easy “in God’s name” to demand things of people as a pre-requirement for acceptance by God—things which Christ himself never demanded.
November 12, 2013 
By Richard Dahlstrom 
Lives of Faith, Pastoral Voices 
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The Calvin College Summer Seminars in Science and Faith

The Calvin College Summer Seminars in Science and Faith

Having won an ECF grant, Cara Wall-Scheffler, biological anthropologist at Seattle Pacific University, and I are now planning to host a group of 18 young Christian paleobiologists for a week-long seminar during late June, 2014. Our seminar will include guest lectures by scientists, historians, and pastors who all have an interest in discussing bridging faith and science ‘gaps.’
November 11, 2013 
By Ralph Stearley 
Christian Unity, Education, Evolution & Christian Faith project 
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New Resources on Our Site

New Resources on Our Site

Today we draw your attention to a couple of short term projects that have been completed and are now visible on our site: Our History and Small Group Resources.
November 08, 2013 
By Jim Stump 
BioLogos, Education 
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Evolution Basics: Assembling Vertebrate Body Plans, Part 5

Evolution Basics: Assembling Vertebrate Body Plans, Part 5

At the genetic level, genes required for yolk production would eventually no longer contribute to the survival or reproduction of the organism – meaning that they were no longer under selection, and now free to accumulate mutations without consequence to the organism.
November 07, 2013 
By Dennis Venema 
Genetics, History of Life 
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From the Dust: Framing the Debate

From the Dust: Framing the Debate

With From the Dust, it was our goal to help Christians see the complexity of the issues raised by modern science, as well as help them to courageously engage with the theological conversations happening within the sphere of Christian culture today.
November 06, 2013 
By Ryan Pettey 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
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Science and The Truth Project, Part 2

Science and The Truth Project, Part 2

…while Tackett’s lectures rightly support the truth that God is the creator and nature declares his glory, and while he is correct that there are outspoken anti-religious scientists, Tackett sets up a false dichotomy between evolution and faith, based on statements by people holding extreme positions with whom he disagrees.
November 05, 2013 
By Dorothy Boorse 
Christian Unity, History of Life 
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Science and The Truth Project, Part 1

Science and The Truth Project, Part 1

[Tackett’s lectures] had a chance to answer the question, “How do top scientists who are believers form a whole, coherent world view?” They could have looked at scientists from many disciplines and could have included a range of ways biologists deal with modern evolutionary theory. Instead, the lectures repeat an oversimplification of the relationship between science and faith and promote a false dichotomy.
November 04, 2013 
By Dorothy Boorse 
Christian Unity, History of Life 
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Origins News Roundup for November 1, 2013

Origins News Roundup for November 1, 2013

Where is human evolution going? Where has human evolution been? A roundup of stories from the past few weeks.
November 01, 2013 
 
Genetics, History of Life 
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